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Gareth Bale – Proverbs 18:16 Personified

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“A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.”Proverbs 18:16

The sporting world has been closely following Gareth Bale for the last year as he has excelled and proven himself to be one of the greatest British players of this generation.

Bale’s gift was cultivated from an early age and was evident for all to see catching the attention of Southampton Football Club at the early age of 9 years old.

Sometimes gifts are restricted due to the environment that they are in and sometimes get stifled… It is said that Bale’s talent was so exceptional (in his early teenage years) that at school his P.E teacher had to make new rules for him, making him play one touch football (exclusively) and defying him the use of his (strongest) left foot… But now, many years later we see Bale’s gift has made more room for him as he has been catapulted to sporting fame and is being likened to the greats of the modern game such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Although an exceptional talent, Bale did suffer during his early years at Tottenham Hotspurs due to injuries that led to him not playing much after an initial promising start but determination saw an eventual return to form.

Just a few years ago Bale was living in the shadow of Stewart Downing… Now Bale has an estimated value of in excess of £85,000,000 in comparison to Downing’s valuation of £5,000,000.

What made the difference? Some will say the lack of strong left footed players in his position has worked in his favour while others just attribute his success to his gift and even Kinesio Tape.

Two things that have showed up time and time again are Bale’s willingness to work hard and his great attitude; not cutting corners en route to success… As the saying says, “Your attitude determines your altitude” and this could be said of Bale, who is now being courted by one of the biggest, most successful Football Clubs in the history of the sport; Real Madrid who are willing pay the highest price ever paid for a player for him (£85,000,000) with the possibility of the total price being somewhere around £100,000,000.

Whether you follow football or not or think the money spent on players is unethical there are a few questions that come to mind from Gareth Bale’s humble beginning (son of a caretaker and operations manager) to his now £85,000,000 valuation?

Do you have to be a Christian to experience Proverbs 18:16?

Is it a universal law/principle that applies to anyone no matter if they have faith or not?

Is it a case of “The Parable Of The Talents” (Matthew 25) where gifts were given and the good stewards increased what was given to them received more as well as a blessing while the one who did nothing was chastised? Is Gareth Bale the man who was given 5 talents and came back with 5 more?

Are the conditions to activating Proverbs 18:16? Is being a good steward one of them?

Gareth Bale won both the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year after a thrilling 2012–13 season. He was also awarded the FWA (Football Writer’s Association) Player Of The Year Award for the 2012-13 season making him one of only two players who have won all three in the same season, the other being Cristiano Ronaldo… Coincidence? I think not…

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